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Borderlands 2 prequel is set on the moon and out this year, claims report

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Australia, FPS, Gearbox, PC, PS3, Report, Rumour, Xbox 360

Borderlands 2 prequel is set on the moon and out this year, claims report

Hype-rion

Gearbox have strenuously denied that they're working on Borderlands 3 over these last few months, but an interesting new rumour alleges that they've actually outsourced a "pre-sequel" (ugh) to 2K Australia. Apparently we'll soon be scampering around Hyperion's moonbase, conserving oxygen and abusing the low gravity later this year on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Maybe. Though outlandish, the report definitely has the ring of truth to it.

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No hard feelings: Relic Entertainment "really happy" about Gearbox buying Homeworld

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Gearbox, Homeworld, Relic Games, THQ

No hard feelings: Relic Entertainment "really happy" about Gearbox buying Homeworld

"I don't think there's a better home for it"

We were all caught off guard when none other than Gearbox snaffled up the rights to Homeworld during the THQ auction last year, leaving original developers Relic Entertainment without their own IP. When I caught up with game director Quinn Duffy, he explained that the team are actually rather excited about the acquisition - and that Gearbox has their blessing.

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Interceptor buys 3D Realms, despite Duke Nukem lawsuit

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3D Realms, Apogee Software, Duke Nukem, Gearbox, Interceptor

Interceptor buys 3D Realms, despite Duke Nukem lawsuit

Interceptor Entertainment are currently embroiled in a legal tussle with Gearbox, following claims that a rumoured upcoming Duke Nukem RPG violates intellectual property rights. It's a nasty little dispute that could well see Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction evaporate into vapourware before it has even been officially announced.

However, it now emerges that Interceptor's parent company has purchased original series creator 3D Realms (AKA Apogee Software), leaving them perfectly placed to develop some 'good faith' adaptations down the line.

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Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction already in legal trouble, despite not even being revealed yet

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Duke Nukem, Gearbox, Interceptor, lawsuit

Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction already in legal trouble, despite not even being revealed yet

Gearbox unleashes the lawyers

Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is set for a full reveal this week, after being outed as a top-down RPG based on the classic shooter license. Interceptor and series creator Scott Miller promised to kick ass and chew bubblegum, but Gearbox are having absolutely none of it, since they technically own the IP themselves. Unleash the lawyers!

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Pitchford Apologises For Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Cancellation

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Sega, Wii U games

Pitchford Apologises For Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U Cancellation

Just a quickie: Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has apologised to Wii U owners who were looking forward to the recently-canned Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets Another Console Patch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Patch, PS3 games, Sega, Xbox 360 games

Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets Another Console Patch

Hopeless botch job Aliens: Colonial Marines has received another major patch on PS3 and Xbox 360, which promises to "better protect save data," fix "some" of the erratic Alien animations and generally polish the turd a little bit more.

If you're interested, patch notes are after the break (courtesy of a Gearbox community update).

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets A Big Fat PC Patch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Patch, PC games, Sega

Aliens: Colonial Marines Gets A Big Fat PC Patch

Get Away From Her You Patch!

Gearbox have released a titanic 3.8GB patch for Aliens: Colonial Marines, which promises to sort it out. Tweaking everything from texture resolution to friendly AI, this monolithic update may have come too late to help with the frosty critical reception, but early adopters might want to take a look.

We've got the full patch notes below, which illustrate how shockingly incomplete Colonial Marines was at launch. More details in our 4/10 review.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailer - From Concept Art To Hadley's Hope

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Sega, trailer

Aliens: Colonial Marines Trailer - From Concept Art To Hadley's Hope

The latest trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines charts Hadley's Hope from concept art to in-game footage. It's a fascinating look into how meticulously authentic the anticipated shooter promises to be, but don't expect anything much in the way of Marine-on-Xenomorph action.

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Borderlands 2: Mr Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage DLC Confirmed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox, Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage

Borderlands 2: Mr Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage DLC Confirmed

Gearbox has confirmed that the next piece of Borderlands 2 DLC will indeed be the rumoured Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage. There he is, look. Gosh.

And that's all we know thus far (release date and pricing TBA). Torgue is one of Borderlands 2's weapon manufacturers, whose weapons deal ruinous explosive damage, so this ought to be good for a laugh.

Borderlands 2 Patch Fixes Xbox 360 'Graveyard' Hack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, Gearbox, Hackers, Patch, Update, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands 2 Patch Fixes Xbox 360 'Graveyard' Hack

Gearbox have pushed out a Borderlands 2 title update to kill off a prevalent Xbox 360 version exploit.  Hackers were able to access an unfinished Hardcore Mode, which wouldn't have been a major problem but for the little fact that users would corrupt save files and badass ranks of anyone who accidentally joined them in-game.

Seeing as this is the only purpose of the latest update, it's clear that Gearbox treated the issue as their highest priority.

Borderlands 2 Bug Resets Badass Ranks

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, Bugs, Gearbox

Borderlands 2 Bug Resets Badass Ranks

Gearbox: "Our Engineers Are Looking Into This"

Borderlands 2 is currently the top dog on gaming campus, but many gamers are reporting a nasty little bug that's spoiling one of the game's most compelling features.

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Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Gets A Name, Price & Date

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, DLC, Gaige, Gearbox, Mechromancer

Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Gets A Name, Price & Date

The picture says it all, really (click to embiggen), but here's a quick roundup to justify my existence. Gearbox has announced that the Mechromancer DLC pack will release on October 16th, costing $9.99, 800 Microsoft Points or absolutely nothing for pre-order customers. You'll get a new character who can summon and control a powerful robotic guardian, with one of her skill trees designed to make the gunplay more accessible to newcomers.

Also, her name is Gaige.

Borderlands 2 releases on September 21st in Europe. Next Friday. Bring it.

Aliens: Colonial Marines Has Playable Female Characters & Multiplayer Escape Mode

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, multiplayer

Aliens: Colonial Marines Has Playable Female Characters & Multiplayer Escape Mode

Gearbox has announced that Aliens: Colonial Marines will tout a new gametype called Escape Mode that sees teams of marines desperately fleeing from an Alien Onslaught... but that's not all. Contrary to earlier statements, Colonial Marines will also include a number of playable female characters - including new squadmate Jennifer Redding in cooperative games or a selection of avatars in competitive multiplayer matches.

We've got all the details - and a trailer - below.

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Brothers In Arms: Furious 4 To Cut Franchise Ties, Become New IP

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Brothers In Arms: Furious 4, FPS games, Gearbox

Brothers In Arms: Furious 4 To Cut Franchise Ties, Become New IP

“Our Pokémon has evolved. It has different powers,” Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford told PAX attendees over the weekend, referring to Brothers In Arms: Furious 4. The rip-roaring FPS looked great when we previewed it last year, but outraged the fanbase due to its radical departure from authenticity and reality. Its absence from E3 and Gamescom 2012 also had us rather worried.

However, Gearbox has now confirmed that Furious 4 will be launching as a new IP, ditching the Brothers In Arms link in the process. Pitchford believes that doing so has allowed the design team to better experiment with new ideas, potentially resulting in a more imaginative game. They'll reveal more on September 15th. [via Kotaku]

Engorged Borderlands 2 Trailer Explains Absolutely Everything

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, Gearbox, PC games, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Not sure what to make of this mysterious "Borderlands 2" thing that everyone keeps banging on about? Never fear: because hunter, scholar and gentleman John Hammerlock is on hand to give you a seven-minute long introduction to Gearbox's upcoming FPSRPG and the world of Pandora.

If you're as excited as we are about Borderlands 2, you should probably watch it anyway.

Need more coverage? We've got coverage. We've got all the coverage. For your consideration, our interview with Gearbox co-founder Brian MartelCrumpocalypse preview2012 Assassin/Commando preview, two-part Borderlands 2 hands-on preview blowout and interview with art director Kevin Duc. Festivities begin on September 21st.

Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Class Will Have User-Friendly Skill Tree

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox, Girlfriend, Mechromancer

Borderlands 2 Mechromancer Class Will Have User-Friendly Skill Tree

Borderlands 2's downloadable Mechromancer class will feature a skill tree designed to make shooting easier for less experienced players, but an ambiguous developer comment is raising some eyebrows across the internet.

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Gearbox Gets Very Excited About Aliens: Colonial Marines In New Dev Diary

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox, Sega, trailer

Gearbox Gets Very Excited About Aliens: Colonial Marines In New Dev Diary

"It's Got This Big Nasty Mouth!"

Gearbox Software are as excited as we are for Aliens: Colonial Marines, which CEO Randy Pitchford describes as a full-on sequel to Aliens. This new dev diary sheds some light on the Xenomorphs themselves, including hybrids and how they'll factor into gameplay. And their 'big nasty mouths.'

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Borderlands GOTY | £4.98 | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2K Games, FPS games, Gearbox, PC games
Borderlands GOTY | £4.98 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Green Man Gaming are running a nice sub-£5 price for Borderlands' definitive edition, which includes all of the absolutely excellent DLC packs (and even the lame one, Underdome Riot). This will also net you 10% off Borderlands 2 (Steam code) if you pre-order on GMG.

Borderlands 2 Is Finished, Enters Certification

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, FPSRPG, Gearbox

Borderlands 2 Is Finished, Enters Certification

All Systems Go For Mechromancer DLC

Borderlands 2 is now totally finished, Gearbox announced today, and has entered certification with platform holders. Now that the base game is out of their hands, Gearbox are free to focus on DLC, specifically the post-launch Mechromancer class.

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Borderlands 2: Brian Martel Interview | Badass Ranks, Wii U, Flying Shotguns & A Decent Ending

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Brian Martel, Gearbox, interview, Wii U

Borderlands 2: Brian Martel Interview | Badass Ranks, Wii U, Flying Shotguns & A Decent Ending

We've long stopped trying to hide our excitement for Borderlands 2. Every time we preview it or interview key personnel, Gearbox's upcoming FPSRPG reveals new features, bigger guns and more insane characters. However, after getting to grips with a brand new build last week, we yearned to know more: how will the new persistent Badass Ranking system work? Will Borderlands 2 launch on Wii U? As much as anything, will we get a decent ending this time?!

So who better to ask than the co-founder of Gearbox, Chief Creative Officer and Borderlands 2 executive producer Brian Martel? Tracking him down in a pub close to the hands-on preview event, I proceeded to quiz him over a swift half.

Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): When the original Borderlands was in development, a number of pundits and analysts reckoned that you were entirely mad - that you were "sending it to die." As it turned out, you kicked their asses: critics and players loved Borderlands. So, how does it feel to be working on the sequel?

Brian Martel (Gearbox): It feels amazing. Look, this is something that we're extremely passionate about. We love this franchise: it's a great world to play around in. We're shooter people at our core and we really love Role-Playing games, so mixing the two has been really fun.

Borderlands 2: Brian Martel Interview | Badass Ranks, Wii U, Flying Shotguns & A Decent Ending

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